Resident fears for safety after police damage property

2019-08-20 06:00
The damaged wall.

The damaged wall.

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A Lentegeur resident is at his wits’ end after police officers allegedly entered his home, damaged his property and left his daughter traumatised.

According to Saliem Meyer (51), officers from the anti-gang unit (AGU) allegedly came looking for drugs and guns.

Meyer said at the time of the incident, his 23-year-old daughter was alone at home. “My daughter heard the banging when the police were there. She was so scared she hid under the bed. She sent me a lot of messages asking when I am coming home,” Meyer explained.

He opened a case at the police station after he found damage to the front gate, a piece of wall and the front door which was slightly skew.

“It didn’t look like they searched through anything because all the clothes were still in the drawers. Everything was the still untouched.”

Meyer claimed after the police officers came into his home and “messed everything up”, he had to push a table against the door to make sure it was closed for the evening.

“I couldn’t sleep that evening and now my daughter struggles to fall asleep. Whenever she hears a loud noise or sirens in the area, she gets scared.”

Meyer claimed when he went to Lentegeur police station, he had to write down his own statement.

Meyer said he even provided vehicle registration numbers of the police vans.

“Since the incident occurred in July, police have not followed up on the incident,” he alleged.

“I can’t barricade the door from the inside every night. The other night the electricity went off and I had to sit at the window to make sure no one breaks in. I must live in fear every night but what am I fighting for?”

He said his daughter is traumatised and had to see doctors at his expense. “I can’t work late because she is in a state and I am a single parent and now this happened.”

Acting station commander Lieutenant Colonel Harry Brickles confirmed that a case has been opened and the matter is under investigation.


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